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L-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions

1.

What is an L1 visa?

The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals being transferred by their current employer to enter into the U.S. to manage an organization or a major function or division of any related organization.

2.

How do I qualify for L-1 visa?

To qualify for an L-1 visa, your:

  • U.S. company to which you are being transferred must be a branch, subsidiary, affiliate or joint venture partner of your non-U.S. employer
  • Employment in the U.S. company must be as a manager, executive or person with specialized knowledge and skills

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3.

What privileges do I enjoy on L-1 visa?

On L-1 visa, you may:

  • Be transferred to the U.S. and work legally for a U.S. company that is a branch, subsidiary, affiliate or joint venture partner of a company that already employs you outside of the U.S.
  • Be quickly issued your visa
  • Be permitted to travel in and out of the U.S. or remain here continuously until your L-1 status expires
  • Avail of visas for accompanying relatives
  • Apply for a Green Card through employment and skip a major step of that process (no Labor Certification requirements)
4.

What are the limitations of L-1 visa?

On L-1 visa, you may:

  • Work only for the U.S. employer who acted as your L-1 visa sponsor
  • Get visa approval for up to three years. Extensions of two years at a time may be allowed until you have been in the U.S. for a total of seven years if you are a manager or executive, five years if you come as a specialized knowledge employee
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